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Undergrad Profile

Choosing a college is among the most important decisions and investments students and families make. Why not learn more about a school that scored on par with Princeton and better than Yale and Dartmouth in the Brookings Institution’s 2015 “value added” assessment of about 4,000 schools nationwide.

Top-quality academics. Global focus. Personal attention. That’s what you will find at 

Alfred University, located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of western New York State. Almost three-quarters of its 1,900 undergraduates live on campus, providing an extraordinarily vibrant campus life scene and an atmosphere where professors and students become like family.

A fit for you
At Alfred University, mechanical engineers take business courses and play football. Art majors take psychology classes and perform in theater productions. Students can combine majors, add minors, and even earn a second degree, all while exploring their interests. It’s even possible for students to design their own majors through AU’s individually structured major.

With more than 40 majors and concentrations and over 50 minors to choose from, Alfred University students can focus on a major right away or experiment with different areas until they find one that works for them. You’ll have a faculty advisor who will help you choose the right classes, keep you on track for graduation, and just provide an ear to listen if you need one.

Out-of-classroom experiences
One of the best things about an Alfred University education is the diversity. Students complement their studies with a wide array of opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. AU’s small size has a big benefit—undergraduates can take advantage of research grants and the use of state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment. AU’s selective Honors Program offers a new set of challenging but fun courses such as All You Zombies, Tightwaddery, Maple Syrup: The Real Thing, and Hannibal Lecter’s Book Club. Using the Career Development Center, Alfred University students can learn about and apply for internships and co-ops, gaining on-the-job experience while still in school. With students and professors from more than 40 states and 20 countries, as well as an active study abroad program, AU is a place for students to broaden their horizons and prepare for a career in an increasingly global community. Each year dozens of students travel to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia to participate in international internships, summer courses, or semesters abroad.

Bored? Not here!
Alfred University hosts more than 60 clubs and organizations, 19 NCAA Division III sports, two IHSA sports, and more than two dozen social events every weekend, from comedy shows to athletic games to popular bands. Students form several new clubs each year and are encouraged to create, produce, and organize their own events. At AU, students can have it all: Challenging academics. Flexible scheduling. Close interaction with professors. An active social life. Add to this mix the Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center—which offers everything from job fairs to résumé workshops to on-campus recruiting—and it’s no wonder 95% of Alfred University’s graduates are either employed or attending grad school within six months of graduation.


Founded: 1836

Location: Alfred, New York, 70 miles south of Rochester

Size: 1,900 undergraduate and 200 graduate students; more than 75% living on campus

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Men’s Athletics: Alpine skiing, basketball, cross-country, football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, and track & field

Women’s Athletics: Alpine skiing, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball

Co-ed Athletics: Equestrian